Teaching for mastery in maths

What is mastery?

In a primary maths context, ‘mastery’ is when a child has achieved a secure understanding of mathematical concepts and processes, combined with genuine procedural fluency.

A child who has mastered a particular skill is able to apply their understanding of maths concepts and procedures to reason and to solve different types of problems, including where the skill is either embedded in a different context, or where a choice of method has to be made.

Some children will be able to achieve mastery with greater depth. This means that they are able to apply their understanding of a concept in a wider variety of contexts, some of which are more difficult and less obvious.

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*Power Maths KS1 has been judged by the DfE panel to meet the core criteria for a high-quality textbook. Read more.    




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